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Changes to Expect Once Walt Disney World Opens FAQ

SO MANY CHANGES have us all on edge, but let’s take a look at what things will look like once the parks open. Yes, there will be many changes, and Disney may not be what we are used to, but that does not mean it won’t be magical. We may just need to adjust how we see the magic for the time being. So let’s break it all down.

Walt Disney World will be undergoing a Phased opening starting on July 11 with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and July 15th for Hollywood Studios and Epcot. For full details on this reference our article on Everything you need to know about WDW Reopening Rules and Procedures.

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Which Restaurants and Resorts will be open starting June 22:

Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen to Members and Guests on June 22.

Disney Vacation Club properties in Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina will open to Members and Guests on June 15.

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Existing dining reservations, experience bookings, Disney dining plans and FastPass+ selections will be cancelled. In addition, upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.

Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Sanaa
  • Kidani Breakfast at Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Maji Pool Bar

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

  • Trattoria al Forno
  • Pizza Window
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • AbracadaBar
  • Screen Door General Store

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • The Wave
  • The Wave Lounge
  • Contempo Cafe
  • Cave Bar

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

  • P&J’s Southern Takeout
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • Crockett’s Tavern

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Enchanted Rose
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe
  • Roaring Fork
  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort

  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • Martha’s Vineyard

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Cafe
  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Kona Cafe
  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Barefoot Pool Bar

Disney’s Riviera Resort

  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
  • Primo Piatto
  • Le Petit Cafe
  • Bar Riva

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Paddock Grill
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar

What will be unavailable:

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The following amenities and experiences will not be available during the initial reopening period:

  • Arcades
  • Campfires
  • Dog parks
  • Electrical Water Pageant
  • Marina rentals
  • Pin trading
  • Playgrounds
  • Spas, salons and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Additionally, the following special offerings and childcare services will not be available during the initial reopening:

  • Fireworks voyages and tasting cruises, including the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Fun runs
  • Wonderland Tea Party at Park Fare
  • Hula lessons
  • In-room childcare services
  • Mermaid school
  • Special classes and programs—including culinary, cultural and animal programs

What about my tickets, and what will the new Reservation System look like:

When the parks reopen, park attendance will be managed through a new park reservation system. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

Existing dining reservations, experience bookings, Disney dining plans and FastPass+ selections will be cancelled. In addition, upon reopening, Extra Magic Hours will be temporarily suspended.

At this time, Disney has temporarily paused new ticket sales so they can focus on Guests with existing tickets. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these Guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales after that period of time.

Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with usage window impacted by park closure, or date-specific theme park tickets purchased through June 6, 2020 with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 or later, will automatically be extended to use any date through September 26, 2021. If you are unable to visit by September 26, 2021, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets may be used through September 30, 2020.

Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours, Disney Early Morning Magic and Disney H2O Glow Nights from March 16, 2020 through the end of the actual closure period will be automatically refunded.

For ticket orders, express shipping and standard shipping will be delayed due to the closure.


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